Between the avalanche barriers

This photo was taken while on a hike in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland, from Männlichen to Wengen. A hike that was never meant to happen. We had taken the train to Jungfrau, the “Top of Europe” during the morning, hiked from Kleine Scheidegg to Männlichen, and planned to take the cable car down to Wengen. However, when we arrived in Männlichen at a little after 5 p.m. we realized that the cable car had already stopped for the day and the only way to get down to Wengen was to hike. We found the trail, a narrow, steep trail that wound back and forth between the avalanche barriers and began our hike down with rain clouds in the distance. While the hike was not part of our plans and the weather did not look ideal for starting a long, difficult hike, the views were absolutely stunning. Fortunately, it did not rain, as this was not a trail to be on in wet conditions. We hiked down and down until we emerged from the barriers and were rewarded by a slightly less steep trail which disappeared into the forest before finally emerging into town.

Looking up towards the avalanche barriers below Männlichen while along the trail towards Wengen.

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